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Letter from Jean Holdridge Reeves to her Father, 1945

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Object ID: WV0383.4.039

Description: Reeve writes that they have heard about the Japanese surrender and notes that reactions were bifurcated. She details the construction of her canteen, her attempts to contact Tom, and another marriage on base.

Creator: Jean Holdridge Reeves

Biographical Info: Jean Holdridge Reeves (b. 1920) of Marion, Ohio, served in the Pacific as a member of the Red Cross from 1944 to 1946.

Collection: Jean Holdridge Reeves Papers

Rights: It is responsibility of the user to follow the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). Materials are not to be reproduced in published works without written consent, and any use should credit Jackson Library, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Full Text: Dearest Daddy,

Your birthday has finally arrived. Can just see you working all day with your overalls in the fields.

We are still thinking a lot about the victory. The first night we heard the news everyone was either in a hilarious mood or else was so skeptical he went to bed and sweated out the news of actual surrender on Wednesday. The occupation troops will now have a big job. The fighting will go on for weeks yet, I’m afraid but at least we know that it be so long. As anxiously as we waited for peace we are now scanning the new for discharge pointers. Again rumors are long and strong.

My canteen is coming along fine. Am so in hopes that we’ll be able to move in next week. Right now I’m still operating the trailer unit. The shelves and counters are finished, the sink comes tomorrow, water tank is being put up and a hot water system made from an oil drum will be installed. If I can get some white paint we can start on the chairs & tables which are to be a light green trimmed in maroon.

I wrote this much while trying to call Tom. Only one hour gone and still no call so went to bed. Getting up at 6:00 makes a great difference. Right now I’m waiting for transportation. At least 1/3 of your time is spent in just waiting.

Have designed part of a girls trousseau. She is being married here. We’ll have the reception about 2:00—how exciting.

Another girl has been added to our group who seems nice. We need about a half dozen more to do the work they have planned for us— must go now.

Love, Jean